Recently, I saw this tweet:

“F*CK” – If one more leader refers to people as ‘resources,’ I’m going to lose my mind.”

I’m going to go on record and say something I know will be controversial for some people:

I don’t care if leaders use the word “resource” or the word “people.” However, I care immensely about how leaders treat and think about their people.

I know leaders who have shifted to using “people.” Yet, their approach to managing people is still problematic.

I know other leaders who use the word “resources,” and their approach to managing people is some of the best I’ve observed.

When I want to help things change:

  • I avoid divisive stances (like the tweet)
  • I assume that the other person spent a long time learning what I’m observing, and they’re doing their best with what they know
  • I prioritize changing behaviours

Then, just watch how things start changing.

You’ve got this.

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